About the Author

Rebecca Sanderson

I grew up in a very small town in Idaho with a backyard full of chickens, goats, sometimes sheep, sometimes ducks, and other random animals in addition to the standard cats and dogs. I am now married with two little girls and love the homesteading life! My husband is very supportive (tolerant) of my continued experiments in making many items from scratch, and he even helps sometimes.
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Articles by Rebecca Sanderson

How to Make Honey Soap
November 18, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Honey lends many beneficial qualities to homemade soap, but it can be a touch tricky to work with.

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Home Heating Options for the Homestead
October 9, 2019 · · Homesteading

With the weather cooling down, it is time to review our home heating options. You probably already have a heating system in place for your home, but is it actually heating your home to the extent that you need?

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A Love for Weaving
September 15, 2019 · · Sheep

When asked how long it takes to learn weaving, Linda says, “Well, I’m still learning! But, it probably depends on your instruction method.

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Avoiding Contamination While Making Goat Milk Lotion
August 18, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Making goat milk lotion isn’t difficult, but there are some steps that shouldn’t be avoided. When making goat milk lotion, care must be taken to reduce and …

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Is All Soap Antibacterial?
July 16, 2019 · · Soapmaking

We are so often cautioned to wash our hands, with soap, for at least 30 seconds in order to have clean hands and get rid of the bacteria. What happens to the bacteria that were on our hands? Is all soap antibacterial?

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Making Homemade Lipstick
July 4, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Learning how to make homemade lipstick is easy and gives you control over the ingredients. You just need a lip balm base, micas, and containers. In the …

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How to Make Body Butter, an Easy Recipe
May 7, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Learn how to make body butter by following an easy whipped shea body butter recipe. Extra dry skin is not exclusive to the winter months. In the …

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How to Make Shea Butter Traditionally
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Meet Yinka Adesola. Yinka lives in Nigeria, and every year she processes shea butter to sell. Growing up, she learned how to make shea butter as her …

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Harnessing Green Tea Skin Benefits in Your Soap
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites The benefits of green tea are becoming widely known. One way that we can receive green tea skin benefits is by using tea and extract in our …

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Tips for Using Botanical Extract Benefits in Soap
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Using extracts in soap making and homemade body products can add many great botanical extract benefits for your skin. They are fairly simple to use and will …

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The 17 Best Oils for Face and Skin
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Is coconut oil good for your face? And what other oils do faces love? Here is a list of 17 of the best oils for face and …

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A Recipe for the Best Coffee Scrub (or Two or Three)
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites by Rebecca Sanderson What makes the best coffee scrub? That depends on what you are specifically using it for. Some people claim the caffeine in a coffee …

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Fragrance Sensitivity and Allergies
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Fragrance sensitivity and allergies are becoming increasingly common in our society. Unfortunately, artificial fragrances are added to almost every skincare, bath, beauty, and even cleaning product on …

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